Tuesday, August 31, 2010
With all the pressures put on women in society to look a certain way, or be a certain size, it's always great to find an organization pushing self-worth, self-love, and happiness with who you are....as you are!
The National Organization for Women (NOW), a campaign for the Women's Health Project, is fighting back against the media, entertainment industry, and the billions of dollars women spend living up to a predetermined "image". Of course good health is optimal, but the idea of looking like an airbrushed model is not one to pass on to our next generation of women leaders.
NOW Foundation is celebrating its 12th annual Love Your Body Day on Oct. 20. This campaign is a giant shout out to the fashion, beauty, diet and advertising industries: No more fake images! Show us real women, diverse women, strong women, bold women. And to the women and girls who are targeted by messages telling them that the key to success and happiness is manufactured beauty, we say: It's okay to "Be You" -- the true you is beautiful.
NOW is not only hosting events and giving tips on their website about the importance of healthy body images, but getting you involved, too! It's not just about Love Your Body Day, but loving your body at all times! Promote the message! From your community, social organization, and campus, to church, workplace, and especially your home, you can make a difference in the lives of women close to you. Check out the events and information NOW is offering. Help another woman love her body, and always, always, always, LOVE YOURS!!!
*If you're on Twitter, you can follow NationalNOW and use the hashtag #lybd to talk about Love Your Body Day and the things you are doing to celebrate! You can also find NOW on Facebook, where we also have a Love Your Body Cause.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th August
Friday, August 27th -- 11am - 7pm & Saturday, August 28th -- 10am - 2pm
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The mission of Bottomless Closet is to support women in transition by providing business professional clothing, career skills and image coaching, empowering them to interview with confidence, gain employment and achieve economic self-sufficiency.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Improve the Economy; Share the Employment - Part 9
B.A.F.F.L.E.D. is in the business of jumpstarting the economy. As promised, we will keep posting jobs across the nation to help get America working. Please feel free to send along any postings you have or know of, or note them in the Comments section below.
IP Patent Attorney
Production Internship - Bunim/Murray
Health Care Analyst
Marketing Manager - Apple
Public Health Care Nurse
Multichannel Marketing Strategy Associate - IBM
Integrated Marketing Manager - Allstate
Human Resources Generalist - FedEx
Retail Sales Consultant - AT&T
Health Education Associate - Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Human Resources Business Manager - Walt Disney
Assistant Professor in Journalism - DePaul University
Production Coordinator - Express Fashions
Assistant General Counsel - Citi
Pharmacy Technician - CVS Pharmacy
Sales Operation Manager - Aerosoles
Assistant to Entertainment Attorney
Freelance Entertainment Reporter - Walt Disney
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Looks Like Wyclef Won't Be President
As reported earlier this month, famed Haitian rapper, Wyclef, Jean has been gunning for the Presidential race in his homeland of Haiti. It was reported today, the nation's election board rejected his bid for the upcoming election.
Some speculate it may be because of his family leaving Haiti for Brooklyn when he was a youngster, or the requirements of living in the country for a certain amount of time prior to becoming President. Although Wyclef has always proven to be a proud Haitian and greatly supportive of the nation, it looks like rules are rules. Maybe the rallies of his many supporters will sway the board one way or another.
We'll keep watching...
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Of course there's nothing like the all-star game in any sport, but it seems all-star teams are becoming a growing trend in NBA basketball these days. The 1996-98 Chicago Bulls definitely had its share of stars, but nothing quite like what we're seeing today. The Lakers tried it in 2003-04 but were unable to synch a championship with Shaq, Kobe, Karl Malone, and Gary Payton all on the same squad.
Most recently, the Celtics have found great success with their big 3 (Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett), but having Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins doesn't hurt one bit. This team is actually comparable to the Bulls of the 90s, as they have young stars contributing, and the big stars are at more mature points in their careers; looking for teamwork and wins, not so much solo shine. One of the biggest examples of this trend is obviously the new-look Miami Heat, with 3 young stars, all pretty much used to their own shine. Rumors have even begun to spread about Carmelo Anthony going to the New York Knicks, joining Amar'e Stoudamire. Well, we can't say the Knicks don't need the help.
So what do you think B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Readers?
Are all-star teams the way to go? MJ, Magic, and Barkley were against it, but let's hear your thoughts!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Barbie v. Bratz
Mattel, the creator and producer of Barbie and Ken has just been hit with a lawsuit. The toymaker was accused by MGA Entertainment of spying on other toy companies and stealing their trade secrets for their own market use. Allegedly, Mattel workers from their "market-intellegence group" even went so far as to print fake business cards to gain entry into competitors' showrooms, to note what was planned for upcoming release. The complaint, filed on Monday in Los Angeles, lists other competitors victim to the Mattel Masacre as Hasbro, Sony, and Lego.
Officials from Mattel quickly denied the charges and reason MGA is attempting to get back at the dollmaker for prior litigation over the Bratz line. This comes just about 1 month after the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said a lower court judge wrongly granted Mattel ownership of the $1 billion Bratz franchise. A former Mattel employee was claimed to have taken Mattel trade secrets when him upon leaving, and later created Bratz.
Researching the work of competitors is nothing new, but it appears MGA feels Mattel took it to a whole new level. In order to prove trade secret theft, the targeted company must first demonstrate the stolen information really was personally owned. Will MGA and the other companies be able to prove Barbie & Ken took what's really theirs?
Let's keep an eye on this one and see!
Tell 'Em How You Feel, M!
Big City Recycling, By Contributing Editor, M.
As an alleged "World City", Chicago is home to, and visited by millions of people from the globe. And as the city with the "Green Mayor", Chicago has over three million square feet of green rooftop space (including city hall). It not only looks nice, absorbs water and heat, but also has an economic benefit, as it adds about 50 years to the life of a roof. This is a good thing, as are some of the plans the Department of Environment have to improve the city's sustainability. However, as the article below points out, there is a huge elephant in the room when it comes to recycling, and it looks like city administration is either unconcerned, afraid of the property managers and waste haulers, or just doesn't see the need to follow through with their plans.
Case in point: The Burke-Hanson ordinance, which requires high density and commercial buildings to recycle, lest they are issued warnings, fines of $100 a day, and revocation of business licenses. The article points out that fact that these buildings are responsible for most of the waste produced in the city, yet city officials "don't want to alienate property owners and business managers". This is absolutely absurd! The point of having fines and warnings is to either discourage a negative behavior or encourage a positive one. I doubt these officials feel the same about parking tickets, moving violations, or sticker fines. To think that many other cities across the country and world can effectively enforce recycling policies (including NYC) and this Wold City of Chicago cannot is ludicrous.
Sorry to rant, but it is a bit maddening to see the lack of will and urgency to tackle this issue. I am not sure of the best way to solve this problem, but one way to start is to contact your alderman (not harass) and the Dept. of Environment and ask them how you can get involved in getting Chicago to recycle, and if Burke-Hansen is enforced in your ward (if you are indeed a city dweller). Apparently, we, the people have to make it clear that our interests are more important than the bottom lines of the waste haulers (they actually charge more for recycling in Chicago, even though it isn't an extra cost to them, and other cities have it as a compulsory service) and property owners. If it becomes the law to recycle and they get hit with that $100 everyday, believe me, you will see a lot more true green activity in the City of Chicago.
How does your city measure up?
To learn more, check out: Chicago Reader
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Card playing – 49
Ironing – 69
Washing dishes – 69
Shopping – 73
Billiards – 77
Hairstyling – 81
Cooking – 81 (if you’re tasting while you’re cooking subtract 60 calories)
Putting away groceries – 81
Housework – 89
Bowling – 93
Frisbee playing – 93
Surfing – 93
Playing guitar – 97
Table tennis – 122
Sex – 130 (170 if you’re having a really good time)
Mowing – 134
Washing car – 138
Mopping – 138
Painting house – 154
Skating – 154
Skateboarding – 154
Hopscotch/Dodge ball – 162
Cleaning gutters – 162 (talking your spouse into cleaning the gutters – 28 calories)
Gardening – 166
Shovel snow – 186
Rearranging furniture – 202 (telling your spouse where the furniture goes – 32 calories)
Running (8 mph) – 413
Source - Giuliana's ab Fit Fun!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Here's your chance! For those of you in the Midwest or ready to travel, MTV is coming to the Illinois State Fair, in its capital city of Springfield. From August 13-22 the cable network will be casting people for the upcoming season of Made. Eager participants must be ages 15-22 and ready to share their stories with the camera.
Be on the fairgrounds Main Street and get Made!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
For years, scientific researchers have studied the needs, pros, and cons of sleeping. We know it's necessary for recharging the body and providing much needed rest. Matthew Walker, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, told the New York Times, "You need to sleep before learning, to prepare your brain, like a dry sponge, to absorb new information."
Have you found it hard to focus on small things, or even major tasks? Does it take you longer to get something than you know it should? Well, a recent Harvard Medical School study reported a 45-minute nap improves learning and memory. Experts say we need to be on the Biphasic Sleep Schedule. This involves taking a nap in addition to sleeping at night. It helps us move information from the hippocampus to the prefrontal cortex of the brain, where it becomes part of our long-term memory. The Biphasic sounds pretty difficult in the hectic world we call home.
Obviously the problem is not having the time to include more sleep, especially when we can hardly get enough sleep at night. Experiencing the appropriate sleep cycles is especially important in getting good sleep.
So, how else can we unwind and recharge?? Real Simple offers solutions for 9 sleep problems, and scientists say massages are a great option. Is music your thing? Try listening to relaxing music before bed to calm yourself.
Check out some of these links to help you get the rest you need.
The Pro's Guide to Pampering
National Sleep Foundation
Easy Ways to Unwind
American Sleep Apnea Association
Monday, August 9, 2010
After 2 less than successful bills were filed in recent Congressional sessions, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) along with 10 cosponsors have put in a new bid for legislating fashion designs. The bill (S3728) will provide 3 years of coptright protection for new and original fashion designs. Unlike the previous bills (H5055 and H2196), this one has a much more stringent requirement for "new and original".
Although H2196 is still pending in a U.S. House Judiciary Committee, S3728, labeled the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act, makes clarifications that the H2196 left unclear or unaddressed. Only deliberate copies substantially identical to protected designs would be prohibited. Neither consumers nor retailers would be liable under the bill for inadvertently buying or selling illegal copies. Also, an exception allowing home sewers to copy a protected design for personal use is included, i.e. personally made prom or wedding dresses, etc.
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), one of the bill's co-sponsors, said S3728 “represents a true compromise.” “The proposed legislation is the product of an intensive year of negotiations with interested stakeholders,” he said. “Among other things, the compromise language provides protection to truly unique fashion designs. In order to be considered an infringing design, a plaintiff must demonstrate that a design copy is ‘substantially identical'.”
This idea is also for the first time supported by both sides of the fashion industry, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the American Apparel and Footwear Association. “After a year of negotiations, I am pleased we were able to find agreement on the issue of fashion design privacy,” AAFA President Kevin M. Burke said in the statement. CFDA Executive Director Steven Kolb added, “This bill is good news in that it promotes creativity and thus strengthens the fashion industry's significant contribution to a healthy and working economy.”
The European Union offers protection for fashion designs, but it is not as heavily used as one would think. Many find registration and protection too tedious for something which will be out of style by the time the papers are filed. Others think it hampers creativity, as fashion is openly a business of recycling and reworking. One of the main pushes in getting protection here in the States is to protect young designers without the money and ability to protect themselves as out major brands do.
So what do you think? Do we need protection for fashion designs, or does the market move and change too fast for it?
What's your take?
Saturday, August 7, 2010
A Must Read!
B.A.F.F.L.E.D. is all about promoting talent, especially those on the rise. Friend of the blog, I.M. Consciousness, has just released his first book, Dysfunctionally Trapped "Analysis of the Madness" for your reading pleasure. This feature is pretty timely, considering the many issues our society faces today. Plenty to think about here, readers.
"This book is functionally provided for your dysfunctional enjoyment. It is a short collection of work from an up and coming writer, and an interesting way of looking at different things in the world around us. I hope you enjoy." - I.M. Consciousness
Check out the book and add it to your summer reading list!
Friday, August 6, 2010
The United States Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan as the newest Supreme Court Justice. Coming on the heels of Justice John Paul Stevens' retirement, President Obama found himself making his second appointment to the court while in the White House.
We are excited about the new Justice, and sure this fresh face will be of added value to the SCOTUS. With the recent overturning of Proposition 8 in California, and the possibility of it hitting the high court, a new Justice will only make things more interesting and monumental.
Congrats to Justice Kagan and the California court system.
In Other Government News.....
Musical megastar, Wyclef Jean has announced he will run for President in his native home of Haiti. Wyclef has long been a major supporter of the troubled nation. This could be just what the country needs to maximize its amazing potential. Haiti is rich with talents, history, culture, and so much more. We know Wyclef will do his best to get his homeland back on its feet. Best wishes to Wyclef in his campaign for President!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
We know we've had quite a bit of basketball news on B.A.F.F.L.E.D. lately, but the NBA has been keeping the summer off-season HOT! First, LeBron "took his talents to South Beach" and was basically cursed by the Cavaliers owner. Chris Bosh joined him on Dwyane Wade's Heat, to form one of the most hated teams in the league. Amar'e Stoudamire signed with the New York Knicks, and Phil Jackson re-signed with the Lakers.
Still not enough? Jermaine O'Neal signed with the Celtics; sparkplug Nate Robinson is back, and late yesterday, the Green got Shaquille O'Neal!
Something tells me Coach Doc Rivers, KG, Paul, Rajon, and Ray are sleeping even better these days. Will the trophy go back to Beantown?
Clearly NBA team owners and General Managers are not playing this off-season. The 2010-2011 schedule was just released with the Opening Day and Christmas Day games set to pull in major viewership.
So what else will the summer bring? Anymore shake-ups? Will we even recognize people in the jerseys they'll be wearing?
We can't wait.....Can you?
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
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Team USA Ready To Roll
Just because it's summer doesn't mean basketball is on ice. Team USA basketball is in full swing. After some unsatisfying runs in the last few World Championships, Jerry Colangelo and Coach K have their staff ready to take this team to the promised land. With Jason Kidd on deck as an intern/mentor to the players, a host of shining stars are set to take gold in Turkey starting August 28th.
With Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, and Chauncey Billups leading the way, the team was trimmed from 22 to 15 after working out in Vegas for a week. Training will continue in NYC on August 10, to make certain silver or bronze are not an option. “We had an outstanding week of training camp in Las Vegas and it is apparent we have a group of guys that are very focused, committed, and desirous of playing for USA Basketball. The identity of the team is still evolving, but it is pretty obvious we’re going to be very athletic; we’re going to be very strong in the back court; we think our shooting ability is underestimated, we think we’ve got a number of people who can shoot the ball; and so we’re pleased with our progress to date,” stated Colangelo, Chairman of USA Basketball.
Playing every 4 years, the World Championship team is usually considered the prep team for the Olympics. We haven't seen gold in quite some time, as analysts say bigger stars are selected for the Olympics. Things will surely be different this time around. They have too much talent to disappoint.
We'll keep watching the team and feeding basketball fetishes as the summer goes on.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
At your finger tips!!
Are you ever shopping alone and find something to try on you're a tad unsure about? Usually you have your honest best bud with you, your fashionable significant other, or someone to bounce looks off of. This time, you're stuck. No one to ask.
Well, here's the remedy to your fitting room dilemma. Gotryiton and Fashism are websites where you can upload your fitting room looks, and get immediate feedback from fashionistas just like you. Take a quick pic on your camera phone, upload, and wait for the validation....or cancellation you need on your solo shopping trip. These can also be helpful when getting ready for a special night out, or testing looks for upcoming events.
Good idea? Lifesaver? Creepy?
What do you think??
Source/Special thanks to Real Talk with Felicia for the tip!